Are you ready to dive back into your homeschool review? The second part of the refresh your homeschool series is all about the review process. We will assess the things you wrote down in part 1 and explore ways to stay on track to overcome the homeschool slump.
If you haven't read or completed the steps in Refresh Your Homeschool Part 1: Evaluate, I suggest you do so now. There is also a free worksheet that goes along with the post to make the process easier.
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Grab your pens, highlighters, and the free worksheets I created for this post. You can find the worksheets in the Member's Area. Also, you'll need your notebook and the worksheets you used last time. Remember, you want some distraction-free time to sit down and complete this step of the process.
Let's Get Back to It!
Step 1: Know Your Why
Read back over what you wrote during your last session. Think about why you included the things you wrote on your list. Why is your evening routine chaotic? Why are you motivated to make a change. What do you have to gain from your change? If your history curriculum is your family's favorite subject, think about why that could be.
Step 2: Rank Your List
Now that you have thought about why you want to make changes (or perhaps keep things the way they are), it's time to rank your list. What have you written on your list that you would like to implement immediately? What are you able to put on the backburner for a while longer? Can you initiate changes simultaneously?
Step 3: Recreate the Ideal
You can't refresh your homeschool without doing more of what works. Look at the top 3 items on your list you want to continue to do. What are some steps you can take to make those things happen consistently? If having dinner on the table by 5 makes your evening run more smoothly, meal prep and a weekly meal plan are two steps you can implement that will make that happen. If your mornings are better when you are up before the kids, consider a half hour head start. Set your alarm clock for an earlier time.
Step 4: Avoidance
You also need to learn to avoid things that trigger a downhill slide in your day. Look at your list of things to avoid. If you suffer from burnout with your current monthly activity subscription box, you can avoid that burnout by looking into a new sub box. If sub boxes just don't work for your family, hit the unsubscribe button. Do you struggle with activity overload? Pare down the number of extracurricular activities each child participates in. There is no requirement to over-schedule your child, and they may benefit from a reduced number of activities.
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Again, take your time and think about each item on your list and how you can take steps to enact significant change. The next part of the refresh your homeschool series will help you create an actionable plan to get your homeschool on track for the new year.
Make sure to head over to the Member's Area and grab your free printable. The worksheets that go along with this post are designed to help you work through each step. Give this post a share if you find it helpful and want to help others get over their mid-year homeschool slump!